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drank Lapsang Souchong by Golden Moon Tea
237 tasting notes

Mmm, what a nice full-bodied smokiness when I open the packet. It took me a while to get into Lapsang Souchong, but now I really enjoy it. For me a good one has a balance between the smokiness and the tea flavors, and the smokiness is itself made up of individual sub-components. Let’s see how this one measures up.

I see that they’re recommending 5-7 minutes steeping time, so I’ll go with 6 and assess it there. The brew is a clear dark golden-brown, and it smells really good. I’m getting a malty scent in with the smoke, and more – just an overall savory quality to it, like a well-cured meat (apologies to my vegetarian friends).

Taste: nice! Good balance there between the elements. The smoke is complex enough for my taste, and features the maltiness I smelled before as well as pine. It does not overpower the taste of the tea and doesn’t burn the back of my throat – both of which I’ve experienced with other Lapsang Souchongs.

Am I crazy to try the second half of this with cream and sugar? What the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Wow, surprising how much that tones down the smokiness, and also brings out flavors that remind me of very dark chocolate. The smoke is more an ambience than the main star at this point, and that works well for me. I’d definitely drink this again – it’s versatile and tasty.

Edit: I’m going to bump up the score a little because now at 15 minutes later I’m still getting this incredible smokey chocolate aftertaste. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Nicole Martin

I LOVE Lapsang and always have. I got a tin of this for christmas and it is my second favorite lapsang I’ve ever had. First being the one Radiance in NYC has.

Adham

Yes, I think this may get me back into my lapsed Lapsang habit. I’ll have to look up the one in NYC next time I pass through…thanks for the tip.

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Nicole Martin

I LOVE Lapsang and always have. I got a tin of this for christmas and it is my second favorite lapsang I’ve ever had. First being the one Radiance in NYC has.

Adham

Yes, I think this may get me back into my lapsed Lapsang habit. I’ll have to look up the one in NYC next time I pass through…thanks for the tip.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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